TV Time: Recaps of the Season Finales of Arrow, Beauty and the Beast, Supernatural and The Vampire DiariesFriday, May 17th, 2013
This was the week to say adios to a lot of your favorite shows, at least for the summer that is, and was it an awe inspiring, saddening and confusing week as we were left with cliff-hangers that made us scream at our TVs.
We are focusing on the CW’s slew of supernatural shows…
Arrow: 23rd Ep., Season 1 – Sacrifice – When they discover Malcolm’s plan, Oliver and Diggle try to stop him but lose Felicity to a police arrest. Meanwhile, Thea learns that Roy is in danger and goes to The Glades, endangering herself as well, while Oliver risks what’s left of his friendship with Tommy for the sake of honesty. In the past, Oliver, Shado, and Slade try to stop Fyers from bringing down a passenger jet.
For a freshman show, we were not surprised at how much of a rollercaoster of a ride this season was, especially with its past/present storylines for Oliver. Like many other shows, it was not the protagonist’s (Oliver’s) storyline that made us keep watching. It was Felicity, Diggs, Tommy, Laurel, Quentin, etc… These characters gave the show a richness that other shows of the same ilk lack. So, it was with great sadness to see not one, but two of them pass away, but we’ll touch on that in a bit.
Malcolm had his diabolical plan set and he was not letting anyone get in his way… he is so blinded by his ire that he cannot think of the smaller picture, that of his relationship with his son Tommy. But that was not the only familial story plot to come to ahead. Nope, Moira helped Oliver by not only telling her son about when the Undertaking would take place, but she also called a press conference to announce to the world about the plan that Malcolm created… it also ensured that she would pay for her participation. This forced Thea to go to the Glades to save Roy, whose heroic streak may or may not be his downfall. As Malcolm’s plan kicks in after a foiled attempt to quell it by Oliver, Felicity, Quentin, and Diggs, Tommy goes in to save Laurel. Unfortunately, like his father (who died by Oliver’s arrow) he does not make it out.
With the loss of Malcolm and Tommy, Moira’s impending imprisonment, Roy’s questionable survival, Quentin on suspension, and the destruction of the Glades, we have to wonder how these characters and Starling City will move forward.
There was a flash back sequence, my least favorite gimmick of the series, and as the group successfully stops Fyers from taking down an airplane, we see the rise of the Oliver that we’ve come to know so well.
Overall, this season ender was an example of how shows can end a storyline neatly and satisfactorily. Unfortunately, seeing Tommy die had me crushed. I said, on a weekly basis, that seeing Tommy going through the hell of playing second fiddle to Oliver and seeing the struggle in his face and actions was a highlight.
Beauty and the Beast: 22nd Ep., Season 1 – Never Turn Back - Secrets revealed will change what Cat knows about her past. Vincent faces his downfall while Gabe goes to extreme lengths to find answers.
This episode was filled with reveals that it made us want to see Season 2 start tomorrow.
As we watched Vincent continue to stay in check with the medicine that Gabe gave him in exchange for some of his blood, things start to inevitably fall apart for Cat and Vincent. JT finds out that Gabe wants to steal Vincent’s lymphatic system to save himself, he then destroys all of Gabe’s equipment and that forces Gabe to kidnap Cat in order to force Vincent to give in to his demands. This plan does not work out for Gabe because Muirfield shows up and kills Gabe, kidnaps Vincent and we learn the biggest secret of the season… that Cat’s father is the head of Muirfield. Yes, you heard me right.
Now, Cat does not know this, but her little sister learns that Cat is not related to their father. The only reason she finds this out is after their father is injured by a hit and run driver and Cat gives blood thinking it would assist her father in his recuperation. The nurse shows up and informs Cat’s little sister that Cat and her father are not genetically related.
Cat’s partner also learns something big after Cat hands over her father’s effects (which he was going to hand over to Cat) to be analyzed by their IT department. What she learns is that the head of Muirfield is back in town and she is goes to give a head’s up to Cat, but comes across JT, who was handcuffed by Tyler (r.i.p.).
I am actually looking forward to season 2 because Vincent is in Muirfield’s hands and Cat’s life in a tizzy, so next season will surely be action-packed.
Supernatural: 23rd Ep., Season 8 – Sacrifice – Using the tablet half in his possession, Crowley prepares to make his final move in the grand game against Heaven. Only Dean, Sam, and Kevin can stop him. Meanwhile, Castiel and Metatron join forces and try to stop Naomi’s scheme.
Who knew that this whole time, where we spent one eye on Naomi and one on Crawley that we actually had to worry about the Messenger of God. That’s right, Metatron.
This once reclusive angel has been harboring a deep-seated resentment towards everyone for what has happened to the heaven he once called home. So, he uses Sam and Dean to close the gates of hell (happily does not happen), kills Naomi, makes Castiel a human and forces the angels to fall from heaven. Yea… yea… not good at all.
This ruse of assisting Castiel allowed Metatron to fulfill God’s desire of protecting humans. Yet, there is something infinitesimally wrong with how Metatron forced the Angels to fall and become human. Yes, this allows Humans to not become pawns in the archangel’s game of power chess. But, now he is in the power seat and with great power, comes great insanity.
I think the most worrisome aspect to this season was the declining fortitude of Sam as he prepared for the Trials. Now that it is not happening, how will he be?
There is also a big question mark with Crawley. Since the trials were not completed, will Crawley become the jerk that we all love to hate or will he become something else?
Also, what will happen to Cas? Will he still be our Cas or will he be someone else?
It is painful to have so many questions and a lengthy 3 to 4 months to wait for answers.
The Vampire Diaries: 23rd Ep., Season 4 – Graduation – Graduation has arrived and Mystic Falls is filled with ghosts that are planning to settle unfinished business and to fulfill their destinies. Damon is in grave danger when he meets a ghost, while Matt and Rebekah work together against a ghost that is trying to reach the cure. Everyone gathers up for Graduation when help comes from someone unexpected. At the same time Caroline gets a surprising graduation gift and Bonnie is very close at closing the veil. Elena makes a decision about the Salvatores and has a showdown with Katherine. Stefan makes a horrifying discovery about Silas.
I think the beauty of the last two episodes is that it allowed us to see some much-missed faces, like Alaric, Lexi and Jeremy. It also allowed us to get much needed closure on storylines that needed to end… stat.
But, with endings, come new issues to deal with.
So, what has ended? High School is in the rearview mirror. Everyone has graduated and all of them are looking forward to the future. Well, except for Bonnie who is off to the other side and happy about it because her friends are happy and safe… or so she thinks. Remember the spell that killed Bonnie? It worked at the end of the episode and Jeremy is back.
As a graduation gift, Klaus allows Tyler to comeback to Mystic Falls and his parting words to were quite memorable, “Tyler is your first love, but I will be your last.” Le swoon Klaus, le swoon.
Elena has finally made her choice and she has chosen…. Damon. Can you believe it? I can. But, will it work out? Not really sure and that is only because Elena has given Katherine the gift of humanity and as a human she may get to Damon. Damon will also contend with Stefan, who is actually Silas in disguise. Oh wait, where is Stefan? He is at the bottom of the falls.
Now, the sweetest moment took place with Matt and Rebekah. Rebekah saves Matt from becoming pink mist, but not after describing the two of them travelling the world. When she takes his place on the pressure bomb, she urges him to go and graduate. You would think that would be end of their tale, but it is not… she goes to see him to say goodbye, but he balks and says he will go on this trip so he can finally live his life and get the hell out of dodge, I mean Mystic Falls.
I am so happy High School is over and I am so glad that we have such a meaty Stefan storyline to hook us back into this show, because with the Originals moving on to their own series…. We, as the cast, are kind of worried if the show will succeed. Yet, with the knowledge that the Originals would be floating in and out of the Vampire Diaries and that many of the cast will be back for the 5th season, it is safe to say that we will get another phenomenal season.
Overall, the CW did a great job with their shows from beginning to end and I cannot wait to see what is to come next season, for these shows and the new ones.